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Veronica Cope is an attorney with over 17 years of experience in civil litigation and criminal defense.  As a civil litigation attorney for 8 years, she gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, and plaintiff’s personal injury.  For the last 9 years, her practice has focused primarily on criminal defense.  Veronica’s diverse practice background makes her uniquely qualified to serve as Gwinnett County’s next State Court Judge.  Since 2001, Veronica has handled over 500 cases in Gwinnett County courts along with hundreds of other matters throughout the State of Georgia.  Veronica is also licensed to practice law in Alabama and South Carolina.

Veronica began her law career as a business litigation associate in the Atlanta office of one of the largest law firms in the country.  Her practice included representing Fortune 100 companies in commercial litigation matters.  After leaving BigLaw, Veronica practiced as an insurance defense attorney before opening her own practice, The Cope Law Firm, P.C., as a solo practitioner in 2010.  For the last nine (9) years, Veronica has served the community primarily as a criminal defense attorney, often handling matters on a reduced fee or pro bono basis for those who otherwise might not be able to afford an attorney.  Veronica has also handled a number of matters involving juveniles charged with crimes, as well as child custody matters.  In addition, Veronica has served as a guardian ad litem (children’s attorney) and has represented parents in matters involving the Department of Family and Children Services.

Veronica was born and raised from very humble means in Tarboro, N.C.  A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Veronica was a first-generation college student.  Veronica is a proud “double Tar Heel” having earned her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001.  While in law school, Veronica served as an executive board member and Symposium Editor for the North Carolina Law Review.

Veronica is an active member of the community and is a public servant in every sense of the word.  She is a member of the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and is actively involved in a number of community service initiatives.  Veronica was previously a board member for Cool Girls, a nonprofit organization for the empowerment of underprivileged girls.  In addition, Veronica seeks to give back to her home community of Tarboro, NC, whenever possible.

Professionally, Veronica currently serves as the President-Elect of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) and as the President of the Gwinnett Chapter of GAWL.  GAWL is a statewide bar organization whose mission is to enhance the welfare and development of women lawyers all over the state and to support their interests.  Veronica formerly served as the President of the GAWL Foundation–the charitable arm of GAWL.  Veronica is also a member of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (GACDL), the Gwinnett County Bar Association, and the Atlanta Bar Association.

Aside from her law practice and being a community servant, Veronica enjoys all things sports, and watching her boys play baseball.

A resident of Grayson, Veronica enjoys spending time with her family and is the proud mother of three sons, Dustin, Robin Jr., and Dawson.

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